Yogeshawar Dutt- A profile

first_imgIndia’s Yogeshawar Dutt clinched a bronze medal in the Olympic Games after beating North Korea’s Jong Myong Ri 3-1 in the 60kg freestyle play-off for the medal at the ExCel arena in London on Saturday.The 29-year-old from Sonepat in Haryana, who had missed a medal four years ago at the Beijing Olympics, showed excellent technique and fighting spirit to bring off three memorable wins on the trot for the bronze.Coming out from the shadow of Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt grabbed the fifth medal for India at the London Olympics.Starting his career from the very young age of eight, Yogeshwar has won many medals including gold at the 2003 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship and a bronze at the 15th Asian Games in Doha.Yogeshwar’s inspiration is Balraj Pehlwan who is from his native village in Haryana. He was trained under the guidance of coach Ramphal.The police officer based in New Delhi trains at the Chhatrasal Stadium, later dedicated his medal to his countrymen”I dedicate this win to all my countrymen, my coaches who also worked equally hard and my well-wishers. Without them this could not have been possible,” Yogeshwar said after his bronze-winning effort.”My group was very tough and I had to fight with the world champion. I wanted to win and I had practised a lot for it. I am happy that I could achieve my dream of winning a medal,” he said.”I was very down after I lost in the morning, but when I got the chance to compete in the repechage the whole country wanted a medal from me,” he said.advertisementOn winning the bronze medal, he said, “I didn’t want to lose this occasion – God has been very kind to me.”On how he won the fight against Myong, he said, “I used the technique of ‘fitele’ (leg-twisting technique) and I gained five points, that gave me the victory. I am happy that it worked for me.”Yogeshwar conceded that he was quite tired after fighting three opponents in less than an hour for the medal.”My first round was tough, then I faced the world champion (Besik KuduKhov of Russia), then afterwards in the repechage, the silver medalist (Franklin Gomes Matos of Puerto Rico), then it was the Iranian (Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybar) who I have faced a lot, so I was very tired when I got to the bronze-medal match. But one thing that kept driving me – I have to win this medal for the country.”With PTI inputslast_img

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